Sick of being stuck in a rut of crap eating and poor health? I was too. For too long, I’d believed the lie that sickness, disease, depression, obesity and lackluster living were all just part of the life I’d grow to live. I thought it was just in our family’s DNA. What a crock!
Something had to change. I had to change.
Wielding little more than a sharp knife, a couple of delicious-looking recipes and a handful of scriptures, I dove into my first 11-week intensive health initiative. Yes, I probably should have had my head examined. Yes, I prayed my way through those last few 10 weeks and 5 days, wondering if I’d ever make it. No, I’ve never been the same.
While I could write a list probably a good 39.25 miles long on all the things I’ve learned on this journey, I shall refrain and simply offer these 5 key concepts that have helped to radically change my health and that can radically improve yours too.
1. Realized it wasn’t my doctor’s job
I know this is where I tend to step on a lot of toes. (Before it has some of you coming after me, I am not telling you not to see your doctor. It is your right and responsibility to seek out competent healthcare and team up with well educated health professionals to accomplish your health and wellness goals.)
What I am saying is that anybody who assumes that it’s their doctor’s job to fix them (not taking the initiative to invest in their own health), is going to have a very hard time ever achieving true wellness.
It’s in taking a proactive approach that you’re going to find yourself more empowered and better equipped to live your life to its fullest.
That’s not someone else’s job. That’s your job.
As well educated as any physician may be, if you refuse to do what you know you should be doing, i.e., eating right, exercising, and adopting healthy lifestyle choices, there really isn’t much of anything anybody can do for you.
When we take our health as our own, personal responsibility, we are better able to team up with the right health professionals in our effort to achieve real health and wellness without the use of (or with at least minimal use of) any sort of met medication/remedies whatsoever.
2. Changed my mind a time or ten.
I believe there is a GREAT deal to be said for reassessing old ways of thinking and, where needed, giving ourselves a mental overhaul. When we really think about it, are we willing to pay the price of poor eating? I think not.
I used to think like a lot of people. I thought of certain foods as “treats” until I realized that a food that would do my body as much harm as conventional eats do, isn’t really “treating” myself anyway I want to be “treated.”
Now, I enjoy taking great delight in foods that love me back while tasting absolutely scrumptious.
I could really go on here but you can fill in your own blank. What are some things you’ve caught yourself thinking and/or saying that you know really doesn’t align with your current health goals or line up with the kind of life you want to live?
3. I got more of the good stuff.
Like most people, when I decided to step it up in my health, I thought I had myself covered with a simple multivitamin but soon enough learned, they ARE NOT all created equal.
I started flooding my body with the highest quality nutrition I could, emphasizing prevention over medicine.
An ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure!
While I’m ever working to maximize my plate, I know that having something to help my family bridge the gap between the fruits and vegetables we should be eating and the ones we actually are is really helpful (let’s face it – 7-13 servings a day can sometimes get past the best of us).
For a long time, I invested in high quality supplements boasting a broad range of vitamins and minerals. As great as these were, I jumped off this wagon and got our family hooked up with JuicePlus+ to give my family an excellent added source of whole food nutrition. (Mega awesome that we get it for our kids totally free. Even more awesome that you could be getting it free for your kids too.)
In addition to JuicePlus+, we are ever working to add more fresh fruits and vegetables to every meal. Organic isn’t always accessible or affordable but we do strive to buy organic and eat as clean as possible.
If in doubt, check the label. Even better – focus on foods that don’t need a label.
4. Stop taking shortcuts
When was the last time you caught yourself racing to beat that other car to the spot closest to the door?
Come on… we’ve all done it. Now, knock it off!
Some days we’re in a REALLY big hurry and some days we’re in no hurry to get moving. Wherever you’re at, I hope you’ll start making it a point to stop taking the easy route and look for opportunities to add movement into your day.
Yes, scheduling time to workout is great and something we should all be doing.
Still, whether you’re at the gym at 6am or not, you can and should be looking for every opportunity to challenge your body and get that blood flowing. Don’t underestimate the benefits of taking a few extra stairs or walking a little further.
5. Made it my job to help others do the same.
You may think this one is not for you. Maybe, maybe not. But, don’t think that you have to start a blog or jump in to health coaching to be able to help others in achieving their health and wellness goals. Teaming up with others is a great way to keep ourselves on point.
You may think you’re in no shape to be helping someone else get healthy.
I STRONGLY disagree.
You may not be where you’d like to be but the life you live can be a great testimony to others, inspiring them to eat better and live better.
Whether you’re just getting started or feel like you’ve been at it for eons, you really can make a huge difference in your own health and in the lives of those around you as you realize you totally can take the steps to a healthier more vibrant you!
What steps are you taking today toward the you you want to be tomorrow?